High-speed rail supporters praise Indiana governor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

High-speed rail supporters are praising Indiana's efforts to land federal stimulus money that's set aside for construction of high-speed passenger rail lines.

Members of a bipartisan rail coalition say they're delighted that Indiana recently submitted three pre-applications for the stimulus funding. That's the first step in tapping part of $8 billion in stimulus money set aside to design and build regional high-speed rail networks.

A proposed Midwestern rail line would include stops in Indiana cities.

Roger Sims of the Indiana High Speed Rail Association says Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration has taken a "significant step" to bringing intercity high speed rail service to Indiana.

Tim Maloney of the Hoosier Environmental Council says high-speed rail would bring Indiana new jobs, economic development and reduced highway congestion.

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